Educational Alliance, Inc. Building Engineer in New York, New York

The Center for Recovery and Wellness is a community center serving individuals and families facing substance use disorders, offering a holistic approach to addiction, from prevention, to formal treatment, to recovery services, and wellness programming. The Center for Recovery and Wellness is part of Educational Alliance, a 128 year-old New York institution, serving all New Yorkers with the belief that everyone should have a chance to live a better life and that arts and culture, education, health and wellness, and social services can help lay that foundation.

EdAlliance “Perks”

  • Competitive Salary

  • Paid Holidays, Floating Holidays and Personal Days

  • Comprehensive Health Insurance

  • Free Gym Membership to our Manny Cantor Center Gym

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan

  • Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance

  • Generous Vacation Package


The Building Engineer ensures the building is being operated in a safe, effective, efficient, and uninterrupted manner. The Building Engineer is responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repair of all building systems of the Center for Recovery & Wellness (CRW), including mechanical, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, fire and other systems. He or she oversees facilities and maintenance staff and reports to the AED of Operations.


  • Collaborates with programs and staff based in CRW and across the organization.

  • Oversees contractors performing construction, maintenance and repair in building; works with inspectors during building visits.

  • Supervises Building Superintendent and Assistant Building Superintendent (TBH).

  • As needed and in collaboration with the VP of Operations, provides oversight and support to Facilities staff at early childhood sites at 18 and 34 Avenue D.


Operations, Maintenance, and Repair of Building and Building Systems

  • Manages maintenance and operation of building systems; including boilers, HVAC, electrical, lighting, plumbing, elevators, and fire safety systems

  • Maintains certificates of inspection for boilers, generators, elevators, exhaust, fire and other systems and equipment to ensure safe, efficient operation of building and conformance with all Federal, State, and City codes and regulations.

  • Establishes and completes regular schedule of building rounds, performing systems checks and inspections, implementing corrective actions as required to keep systems within compliance and operating efficiently.

  • Performs and oversees skilled work on building, building systems, and building renovations to ensure safety of occupants and continuous operation of building.

  • Establishes and completes regular schedule of building rounds with Building Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent to ensure building is kept clean and all safety standards are being followed.

  • Works with Building Superintendent to set weekly work assignments of contracted janitorial services as well as monitor quality of services rendered.

  • Monitors and manages staff productivity, ensuring effective staff development plans and continuous staff education and skills assessments.

  • Works with AED of Operations to negotiate and develop maintenance and project contracts; manages and forecasts spending amounts and ensures work stays within budget.

  • In collaboration with members of the Health and Safety Committee, participates and helps develop and enforce safety, emergency preparedness, environmental care, and risk management protocols.

  • Schedules, supervises, and assesses contractor work, plans and manages operational impacts of construction.

  • Works with City, State and Federal inspectors and agencies.

  • Handles all emergencies requiring skilled maintenance repairs and ensures back-up procedures are in place to handle emergency repairs in event of absence from building.

  • Evaluates requests for building repairs/alterations, estimates costs, determines needs for materials and equipment, and recommends cost saving alternatives.

  • Orders and maintains inventory of supplies needed for repair and maintenance of building systems.

Other (10%)

  • Oversee and work with facilities staff to do maintenance and repair work at 18 and 34 Avenue D.

  • Understands and completes HR paperwork related to job postings, new hires, terminations, employee counseling sessions and other relevant HR procedures for those under her or his supervision.

  • Attend regularly scheduled staff and program meetings and regularly communicate with residential program director regarding facility matters, and issues pertaining to safety and security.

  • Provides assistance to clients and staff in a courteous and expeditious fashion.

  • Provides support and guidance to residents partaking in internships within the Facilities department.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by AED of Operations.


Required Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in building operations, engineering, equipment, and systems maintenance; familiarity with residential buildings highly preferred; EPA universal refrigerant license preferred.

  • Supervisory experience; familiarity with HR and progressive disciplinary process preferred.

Team player with sound organizational and time management skills; interacts positively with others to meet organization’s objectives.

  • Ability to manage and complete multiple tasks at the same time.

  • Knowledge of Federal, State and City codes and regulations involving construction, installation, fire, mechanical, electrical, safety and sanitation.

  • Ability to work with pesticides, caustic chemicals, and with dust and noise; experience in safely disposing of hazardous materials.

  • Holds necessary/required licenses and certificates.

  • Knowledge and understanding of architectural and MEP drawings.

  • Strong customer service and communications skills.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

  • Has active driver’s license; available and on call 24 hours/day.

  • Able to lift 50 pounds; able to sit, stoop, crouch, kneel, crawl, balance, climb stairs and ladders; able to work at heights and in environments with temperature ranges while working inside and outside.

  • Maintains a professional demeanor at all times.

Role Key Competencies

Strong Manager and Leader Technically Proficient

Team Player Adaptable

Self-Starter Results –Oriented

Customer Service

EEO Info

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.